Background on the duty
Afghanistan’s mineral resources carry great potential for spurring economic development but at the same time potential pitfalls in the possibility of instigating a resource curse. The current overall landscape of extractives shows that the harm inflicted upon the Afghan people and government by the extractive sector is around twenty times the benefits they enjoy from the sector. The Afghan government’s average revenue from the sector is fifty million dollars while illegal mining, tax evasion and under-reporting has reached a staggering amount of one billion dollars.
To address a part of this problem, Integrity Watch, through funding from GiZ, aims to empower local communities and civil society members to regularly monitor mining sites in Herat, Nangarhar, Balkh and Takhar Provinces so as to make the contractors and local state actors increasingly transparent and accountable towards their contractual commitments and legal duties. The project intends to improve governance in the extractives sector through promoting advocacy for increased public scrutiny of mining activities and to achieve improved responsiveness of state actors towards identified bottlenecks, challenges and opportunities in the extractives sector.
Integrity Watch is seeking a consultancy to organize a three-day training for journalists on mining and investigative journalism. The training will be organized for 15 journalists from four provinces (Balkh, Takhar, Nangarhar and Herat) where Community-Based Monitoring of Extractive (CBM-E) is being implemented. The objective of this training is to increase capacity of journalists in investigative reporting (particularly in the extractives sector), transparency and accountability in extractive sector, community engagement in mining, and introduction to CBM. Following the training, Integrity Watch aims to provide small grants to trained journalists of the training to produce investigative reports that would be aired or published in the private and government media channels including radio, newspapers, magazines, newsletter, television and/or social media.
Duties and Responsibilities
The consulting company is expected to work and organize an effective virtual/in person training (subject to COVID-19 circumstances in the country) and will be responsible for below activities:
- Develop a training module on investigative journalism in the extractives sector including developing learning objectives, designing training materials, and sessions.
1.1. Skills of the latest investigative reporting techniques;
1.2. Integrate technology/multimedia approach for investigative research,
1.3. documentation, internal organization, (multimedia) storytelling and data visualization;
1.4. Help journalists minimize their risks by providing basic legal knowledge on mining sector, and digital and physical security techniques.
- Selection of training 15 participants from the four working provinces (4 Herat, 3 Nangarhar, 4 Balkh, and 4 Takhar).
- Facilitate virtual/in person training with help of Integrity Watch staff.
- Evaluation of the training and submission of final report of the training.
- Play an active role within a committee to select best concept notes for preparing investigative reports.
- Provide post training technical support to five selected journalists on preparing their investigative reports.
- Collect, and compile reports from five selected journalists.
- Manage data for creating informative graphs and design of reports.
- Edit, revise and translate investigative reports in three languages (Dari, Pashto and English).
- Publish investigative reports on its website, social media platforms, and radio/television channels.
- Share the published reports’ links with Integrity Watch.
The training should be organized in the first week of August 2021 for three days. The theme of the training is subject to COVID-19 circumstances; if the COVID-19 lockdown continues until August, the consultant is expected to organize the training online but if the lockdown finishes and COVID-19 restrictions come to an ease, the consultant is expected to organize the training in person in Kabul. The training module on investigative journalism in the extractives sector including developing learning objectives, designing training materials, and sessions should start in July. The assignment including 3 days training has 15 working days period maximum.
- Assigning a qualified person with proper knowledge and experience of investigative journalism.
- Experience of producing stories on extractives sector and working with the community members.
- Experience in developing and delivering trainings.
- Knowledge of the Afghan context and the working provinces specifically (Herat, Nangarhar, Balkh, and Takhar).
- Knowledge of Afghan journalists and media outlets in the four provinces.
● The trainer and other staff will be able to have excellent Dari and Pashto written and spoken language skills with ability to understand English language.
|Date Posted:||Jul 18, 2021||Closing Date:||Aug 1, 2021|
|Type:||Request for Proposal||Sector:||Non-profit|